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PA Polls Open For Primary Election

Written By: Asha McKenzie
PA Polls Open For Primary Election


TOWANDA (WENY) -- Pennsylvania residents took to the polls today to vote in the Gubernatorial Primary Election.
     The Democratic Ticket is full this year with four candidates campaigning to oppose current Republican Governor Tom Corbett.
     Today is a very special election day for rural Pennsylvania. On the Democratic ticket for Lieutenant Governor is Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.
     "What Mark did, by stepping out from rural pennsylvania and stepping out for a state wide race is just hard," said Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko.
     Commissioner McLinko says he and Commissioner Smith have different political views but he commends him for running.
     This is the first time in decades that someone from a rural area in the state will run on a ticket with candidates from big cities like Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
     "I'm pretty proud on how hard he worked, even though we differ on views," says McLinko. "He's done rural Pennsylvania and Bradford County proud."
     Bradford County Election Bureau expects about 20% of the 40,000 registered voters to vote today.
     Voters showed up to the polls to choose which candidate they believe is the best to challenge incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term. 
     They want this election to bring major changes to their communities.
     "Lower taxes, put some more money into our schools," said Beatrice Elliott, Bradford County voter. "Education is a high priority for our up and coming people."
     Polls close throughour Pennsylvania at 8PM.
     Tonight at 11, WENY News Washington Bureau will be reporting from Tom Wolf's campaign Headquarters in York County. 
     And we'll have the results of the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial primary elections.